Daniel Rausch, 68, of Frankfort, formerly of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 3 at his home.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1954, in Logansport to the late Francis and Gertrude (Meyer) Rausch. He was a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac. Dan attended St. Peter’s Catholic School and graduated from Winamac High School in 1973. He has been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church since moving to Frankfort in 2002. Just this past year, he joined the Knights of Columbus Council #5294 in Frankfort.
Dan spent over 26 years working in skilled trades as an industrial mechanic and electrician. He retired from Red Gold, Inc. in Elwood. He was a very hardworking and talented man who could build anything, fix cars, and do anything mechanical.
Dan enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, fishing, hiking, and traveling out West with his family. He was a proud member of the NRA and an avid supporter of President Donald J. Trump. Dan was an animal lover, with a soft spot for his little Pomeranian, Lily, and his Yorkie, Maxie. He especially enjoyed riding his Harleys and had fond memories of numerous bike trips, including his trip to Sturgis, South Dakota. Dan was a former member of the American Legion Riders Chapter #113 in Lebanon and a former member of Pulaski & Clinton County ABATE. He was a current member of Sons of the VFW Post #1110 in Frankfort.
Dan had a passion for music, especially playing bass guitar. While living in Winamac, Dan played in the following bands: Night Shift, Sidewinder, Vertical Hold, and Cactus Jack. While living in Frankfort, Dan played in Time Machine, 61/49 Blues Band, Paper Alley, and Whiskey Bent. Most recently, Dan was the bass guitarist for Mudhound Revival Band.
Dan was a good man who would do anything for anyone, especially his family. He was a loving dad, brother, and uncle. Dan will be missed by his friends and family.
He is survived by his former wife Vania Rausch; step-daughters: Tsetsy [John] Baron and Gabriela Angelova; three step-grandchildren (and 1 on the way); sisters: Joyce [Art] Kelsey, Trudy [Larry] Kruzick and Mary [Tom] Seidel; brothers: Dr. F. David [Linda] Rausch and Larry [Cloretta] Rausch; beloved sister Helen Rausch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by parents: Francis and Gertrude (Meyer) Rausch; and brothers: John Rausch and Dr. Mosey Rausch.
Visitation was from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.
A scriptural wake service was held at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating.
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Winamac with Rev. Andrew DeKeyser officiating.
Private burial will take place at a later date at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Winamac following cremation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Winamac Boy Scouts or Winamac Girl Scouts.
Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.
(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 14, 2022)